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How to keep CPK muscle enzymes down low levels?

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Dr. Thomas Rayson
Pathology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Why are they high

Creatine phosphate kinase enzymes are high from the breakdown of skeletal muscle or heart disease if you are getting a lot of exercise take a rest and the levels will come down as your muscles regenerate if it is due to myositis venue need anti-inflammatory or steroid treatment you should consult your rheumatologist if it is it it if it is from a single heart myocardial infarction it will go down in several days.

In brief: Why are they high

Creatine phosphate kinase enzymes are high from the breakdown of skeletal muscle or heart disease if you are getting a lot of exercise take a rest and the levels will come down as your muscles regenerate if it is due to myositis venue need anti-inflammatory or steroid treatment you should consult your rheumatologist if it is it it if it is from a single heart myocardial infarction it will go down in several days.
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Why are they high?

If this was an incidental finding and you do intensive exercise daily, then it's a good thing.
The "normal" ranges were determined for couch potatoes. When i've tested fitness-focused medical students, have the class has been elevated, nobody's the worse for it, and in the triathletes and power-lifters, ck's are often preposterously high. If you're sick -- treat the disease, not the lab value.

In brief: Why are they high?

If this was an incidental finding and you do intensive exercise daily, then it's a good thing.
The "normal" ranges were determined for couch potatoes. When i've tested fitness-focused medical students, have the class has been elevated, nobody's the worse for it, and in the triathletes and power-lifters, ck's are often preposterously high. If you're sick -- treat the disease, not the lab value.
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